Alleged Mexican drug lord Dámaso López. Photo: Google


Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR) said Saturday, Sept. 17, that it will insist that U.S. authorities extradite Dámaso López, better known as the “Mini Lic,” to face trial for the alleged murder of journalist Javier Valdez.

Through a written statement, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said that it will request López’s immediate extradition back to Mexico so that he can face charges for the alleged masterminding of the assassination of Valdéz, who was shot dead in his native Sinaloa in May 2017.

López, believed to be the right arm of infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, allegedly ordered Valdéz’s assassination and paid 100,000 pesos for its perpetration.

Earlier on Saturday, Valdéz’s widow, Griselda Triana, called on the FGR to expedite the extradition of her husband’s alleged murderer.

Notwithstanding, López was released in the United States on Friday, Sept. 16, as part of a plea deal as a witness for the prosecution of other alleged drug dealers and associates, including Guzmán’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro.


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